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Container Ship Travel
« on: December 28, 2016, 05:38:45 PM »
Anyone interested in slow travel by boat?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/cruising-around-the-world-on-container-ships/

One highlight of the article:  The traveler says the world is far safer and more pleasant than the media portrays.  Encouraging for travelers and anyone considering a move to to cheaper locales, I guess.  Thoughts?

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Re: Container Ship Travel
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2016, 06:05:56 PM »
Articles I have read say that these kind of trips work well for artists or writers, who can really use the long stretches of somewhat isolated time to work on their projects. The ships tend to dock far away from the places where "regular" ships dock, so travelers should plan on calling a cab or something to get them from the freighter docks to the more tourist-oriented places.

I would love to do a trip through the Great Lakes on an iron ore boat, but apparently they don't do that. Sigh.

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Re: Container Ship Travel
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 11:46:25 AM »
I would love to do a trip through the Great Lakes on an iron ore boat, but apparently they don't do that. Sigh.

A friend of mine at the Detroit Free Press is working on a long-term story about Great Lakes freighters, and he managed to finagle a week on a ship, so it CAN be done.
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Re: Container Ship Travel
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2016, 01:37:39 PM »
There was a story in the New York Times recently (sorry, don't have the link) about someone who got a ride on a lake freighter, but it was because he was writing an article about them. For most of us regular civilians, there is no mechanism to let us do it. I think it has to do with their liability insurance or something. Not exactly sure.

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Re: Container Ship Travel
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2017, 04:21:58 PM »
Anyone interested in slow travel by boat?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/cruising-around-the-world-on-container-ships/

That's the opposite of slow travel.

Slow travel is moving slowly, getting to a place and staying there, immersing yourself in the culture before moving on.  As contrasted with a tourist that comes for a few days then leaves.

It's not the transportation part of slow travel that's slow, it's the living.

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Travelling as a goodwill ambassador for the Danish Red Cross, he has been sailing around the globe on container ships since October 2013, with the long-term goal of visiting every country in the world without getting on a plane. He's ticked off 122 so far, travelling through Europe, North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Spending at least 24 hours in every country, the current leg of his ambitious itinerary is Africa, with the latest stop being Ethiopia. The remaining 81 countries on his list entail the rest of Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

24 hours in each country?

The longest he's spent is in Greenland, two months.  That would qualify as slow travel (if combined with other long stays).  Instead it was a pause in his life on nonstop quick travel (despite the mode of transportation being slow).

It's a novel story that's mostly a gimmick (traveling free on container ships) that's somewhat interesting to read or hear about, but doesn't sound desirable at all... living on a boat 315 days a year (or whatever) to spend one to two day a year in 30 different countries?

No thanks.  :)
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Re: Container Ship Travel
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2017, 01:14:01 AM »
Anyone interested in slow travel by boat?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/cruising-around-the-world-on-container-ships/

One highlight of the article:  The traveler says the world is far safer and more pleasant than the media portrays.  Encouraging for travelers and anyone considering a move to to cheaper locales, I guess.  Thoughts?

Interesting. Thank you for sharing.
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